The BirthCo. Team

Katherine Melot, MSPP, DC, CACCP

Doctor of Chiropractic

Meet Dr. Katherine Melot, like Merlot without the R and a little less fun at girl's night. She is the founder of BirthCo., lead clinician, and every pediatric patient's favorite playmate. She spent her adult life bouncing around to 4 different states and 3 different time zones - passion got her here but the people made her stay in the great state of Texas. She is one of 8 siblings (yes, her mom was pregnant A LOT of years). 

 

Her passion for Chiropractic sparked at the ripe ole' age of 8. Interest met her need when she saw her younger brother heal from epilepsy through Chiropractic and holistic healthcare. It was through caring for and treating expectant mothers in her Student Clinic that she fell in love with prenatal and pediatric care. She feels most fulfilled knowing she can play a small role in helping baby have a smooth and optimal entry into the world! 

She is passionate about early morning pour overs, long runs on Town Lake, and creating a fun and healthy culture in her private practice. Sarah Blakely is her hero (founder of Spanx and Super Cool Chic) and she loves watching Shark Tank.  

Dr. Melot received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 2015. She continued her education at Life University in Marietta, Georgia where she completed her Masters in Positive Psychology. Dr. Katherine Melot is a Certified Webster Technique Practitioner, holds Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP), and is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, ICPA.

Certifications and Training:

  • Webster Certified

  • CACCP Certified

  • Member of the ICPA

  • Master's in Positive Psychology

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Molly Pluss, DC

Doctor of Chiropractic 

Dr. Molly Pluss (pronounced like a + sign) takes her name to heart with her good vibes only attitude. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas (Dallas Dallas not a suburb). She went to Texas A&M University earning a B.S. in Animal Science and got to live out her cowgirl dreams. She had classes training horses, sticking arms up cows where the sun don’t shine, shearing sheep, and birthing foals just to name a few. 

 

Dr. Molly attended Parker University earning a Doctorate of Chiropractic with a Clinical Excellence Award and certification in Animal Chiropractic. 

 

She has adjusted guinea pigs, bunnies, cats, dogs, pigs and horses! She believes that every creature with a spine deserves chiropractic care. 

 

Dr. Molly has a special passion for adjusting prenatal women and is honored to help them through their pregnancy journey. There is no such thing as TMI for her, she is not afraid to discuss anything! (Just ask anyone around the office - no topic is off limits)

In her spare time, you can find Dr. Molly riding horses, watching true crime documentaries (addicted),  kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, or on an adventure with her dog, Joey, who has been by her side for the past 8 years.

 

She cannot wait to help you and your family function at one hundred percent and express life to the fullest!

 

Certifications and Training:

  • Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University

  • Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker University

  • Webster Certification

  • Currently working toward certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP) (so close!!)

  • Member of the ICPA

  • 200+ hours of additional chiropractic educational seminars on various techniques

  • Certification in Animal Chiropractic by Parker University

  • Activator I certification

  • Emergency Medical Responder Certification

Samantha O'Brien, DC

Doctor of Chiropractic

Meet Dr. Sam O’Brien (the apostrophe is the bane of her existence)! She adores treating pregnancy & pediatric patients and gets especially *nerdy* about correcting musculoskeletal dysfunction & functional movement. She is a snowbird from Chicago who migrated to Texas in search of warmer weather and new adventures. 

 

A multi-sport athlete surrounded by athletics her entire life, she found her passion for movement and exercise in college (cAHllege). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a minor in nutrition, while also playing Division 1 soccer, at Northern Illinois University. 

 

With her history as a chiropractic patient, her love for helping others, and fascination with how to attain pain free movement, she continued her education in chiropractic. She became the president of Logan University’s Motion Palpation Institute Club, where she spent 3 years mentoring other chiropractic students with their rehabilitation and adjusting skills (did we mention she is passionate about this stuff?). She also completed over 400 hours of additional education while attending her regular classes. She is passionate about clean living and just cleaning in general (she is a clean queen(freak)). 

 

In Dr. Sam's free time, she enjoys being outside with her pup, being on the water, or exploring different biking trails with her fiancé. She considers herself a big foodie and LOVES to explore the unique restaurants Austin has to offer. Mexican food and a fresh margarita is about as good as it gets (and may be the number one reason she moved here). If you have any recommendations or recipes to try she'd love to add them to her list! 


Certifications and Training:

  • Undergraduate Degree: Northern Illinois University

  • Doctor of Chiropractic: Logan University

  • Motion Palpation Institute: Certified Provider

  • Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization: Certified provider

  • MPI Pregnancy and Pediatric Provider

  • SFMA Level 1: Certified Provider

  • Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie) Part A and B

  • Dry Needling Foundations Part I & II: Certified Provider

  • En route to become Webster Certified (coming in November) and Certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP)

 

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Tina Anderson, OT 

Pelvic Floor Therapist

Tina is an occupational therapist, graduate of Texas Woman’s University in 1990, nationally registered and licensed in Texas. A native of Massachusetts and New York, she moved to Austin in 1997. Tina has practiced serving all ages and stages of development with a passion for family centered care. In the treatment of pediatrics, she specializes in pediatric vestibular rehabilitation and pediatric pelvic floor and incontinence rehabilitation. She recently completed a series of training in Postpartum Rehabilitation through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, and OT Pioneers of Women’s Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. Because of her experience with all stages of development and mental health, Tina provides a unique perspective with regards to the physical, and psycho-social challenges of pregnancy and postpartum. Her treatment focus extends to include challenges experienced by young women entering puberty, and mature women beyond child bearing, who experience menopause and related changes. Tina offers pelvic floor Rehabilitation through her private practice: Full Spectrum Healing, in association with BirthCo. 

Tina has been a dancer for decades, and holds certificates in Circus Arts Therapy and fitness, teaching aerial dance including trapeze, lyra and hammock skills and performance. As the mother of one and grandmother to 7 wonderful children, she is passionate about supporting families.

Certifications and Training:

  • BS Occupational Therapy with a minor in psychology from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX

  • Certification in Circus Arts Therapy

  • Postpartum Rehabilitation

  • Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation

  • Pediatric Pelvic Floor and Incontinence Rehabilitation

Abby Welch, CPT

Rehab Specialist

Meet Abby, she is a NASM certified personal trainer. She moved to Austin in 2019 and is a native of the Washington DC metro area.

 

Her background is in dance, training in classical ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. She has many years of professional dance and teaching experience with adults and children. Abby was an NFL cheerleader for 7 years and even cheered at the pro bowl. (Ask her to teach you a hair flip!)

 

Abby has first hand experience as a defeat diastasis client, completing the program herself and closing her 2 finger gap! Since regaining her strength post pregnancy, she has become passionate about helping other moms and mothers-to-be in their fitness journey.

Abby is a mom to three young girls, ages 6, 4, 2. You can find her recuperating from her mornings with 3 kids and is always down for a real conversation about being a mom. 

Previous Experience and Certifications:

  • NFL cheerleader + captain

  • Certification in Personal Training by NASM

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Michaela Holcikova, CPT

Rehab Specialist

Meet Michaela, world traveling doula, fitness enthusiast and certified personal trainer.


Her journey started with her first baby, when she discovered her passion when it came to working with pregnant and postpartum women. Later, she expanded her expertise into the fitness and rehab industry to help a larger group of healing bodies and souls, but mostly bodies.

She moved to Texas in 2017 with her family and has been exploring the beauty of this amazing country ever since. She has three beautiful kids, is an orange belt in Lockhart Combative systems, and has completed two Austin Distance Challenges.

Previous Experience and Certifications:

  • Doula Certification (Czechia, 2014)

  • Best Doula Certification (TX, 2018)

  • CPT (NASM, 2022)

  • Founder of Angel Doulas (support for women experiencing baby loss) (Czechia 2014)

  • Lactation Consultant (Czechia 2014)

  • Babywearing Consultant  (Czechia 2014)  

  • Hypno-doula (Czechia 2015)

  • Aromatherapy for Mother and Baby (Czechia 2015)

  • Baby massage (Czechia 2015)

  • Certified Personal Trainer - CPT (NASM, 2022)

  • Currently studying School of Pelvic Floor

Patricia Adams, LMT

Massage Therapist

Meet Patricia, she is a native Texan and graduate of Texas State University with a degree in Health Care Administration awarded in 1997.

 

After graduating from college, she pursued massage therapy and completed her training in 1998. She has continued her massage therapy training with many courses including studies in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, immune system, sports injuries, prenatal massage, and trigger point therapy.

 

Due to a lifelong love of exercise and fitness, she also completed her National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified group fitness instructor training in 2019 with a focus on barre and pilates. Her lifelong passion for health and wellness is what keeps her the most excited about massage and its benefits for both body and mind.

 

In her free time, you will find Patricia running, cooking, gardening, walking her dogs, and spending time with her husband and 2 children.

Specialties:

  • Prenatal Massage 

  • Deep Tissue Massage

  • Swedish Massage

  • Pilates Instructor

  • NASM group fitness certified 

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Victoria Henry, LMT 

Massage Therapist

Meet Victoria, she is passionate about knowing and understanding the depths of integrative medicine and alternative medicine practices. 


She grew up on a horse ranch in Hunt County, TX and is the second oldest of nine children. She fell in love with serving women and children who needed emotional and physical support in her adolescence. She wanted to be a part of helping mothers bring life into this world and heal the mother wounds involved in the process after experiencing the birth of her brother. 


At 17, She went to Steiner Texas Center for Massage Therapy, taking extra prenatal and infant care classes. Then to the California Holistic Institute and completed a course in Lomi Lomi Massage. Returning to Texas, she completed her education at the Institute of Bodywork Studies. She started her own company, Zennia Mobile Day Spa, shortly after graduating and receiving her license. She then began attending the Institute of Somatic Therapy, where she received her certifications in Prenatal Massage Techniques, Massage Doula Support, and Infant Massage.

 

In 2022, Victoria moved to Austin, Texas. She is now a Reiki 2 practitioner and continuing her education to become a Reiki Master, while attending Quantum University of Honolulu, Hawaii. Victoria is on track to receive her Ph.D. in Quantum Physics. As her education continues, her list of modalities will increase significantly to further her client's health potential. 

Specialties:​

  • Prenatal Massage 

  • Doula Support 

  • Infant Massage 

  • Reiki Practitioner

Hillary Flora, LMT

Massage Therapist

Hillary has been in the Austin yoga and bodywork community for the last 13 years. She has been in private practice as a massage therapist and full spectrum doula for 9 years. Hillary specializes in therapeutic bodywork/massage with an emphasis on structural alignment, deep fascial release and reintegration. She is a mother of two whom she birthed at home, a private vegan chef and a student pursuing her MS in nursing/midwifery. When not working Hillary loves trail running with her dog Rex, camping, reading and traveling. 

Specialties:​

  • Prenatal Massage 

  • Doula

  • Deep Fascial Massage

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Jenni Barker 

Office Manager

Meet Jenni, our front office manager. She's what makes our office run!

 

For 18 years Jenni devoted all of her time and attention to her two children, Kailey (24) and Sky (19), as a stay at home mom. Since stepping down from her role as a full time mom in 2016, Jenni has served as both a Chiropractic Assistant and Administration Specialist in local chiropractic offices.  She enjoys making each patient feel comfortable and connected during their visits.  Her experience as a mom and GiGi allows her the compassion, patience, and understanding new or expectant moms needs on days they are feeling overwhelmed.


Outside of work, Jenni enjoys shopping for antiques, fishing the Corpus Christi Gulf Coast, road trips, and spending every moment possible with her grandson who she adoringly refers to as Peanut.

Sarah Saucedo

Director of Operations (chaos)

Meet Sarah, she is the glue that holds all the offices together and makes sure we are running smoothly. She has been with us since the very beginning. Without her, who knows where we would be!

 

She brings her extensive skills of all things parenting and management to her role at Birth Co. She wears many hats, but her top 3 include being a mom, a CLEC (Certified Lactation Educator and Counselor) and an avid babywearer. All of which allow her to pass along the skills and encouragement to the patients in the office, contributing to our one of a kind office atmosphere! 

 

When she's not at the office with her favorite work family, she's busy raising an urban farm with her family at home. This includes a husband, three sons, six chickens, two cats, one dog, and a lot of plants....oh my! 

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TESTIMONIALS

Dr. Samantha O’Brien is not only a very intelligent chiropractor, but she also has the compassion, dedication and patience that any provider should have! She is passionate about the care that she gives and always takes time to listen. She is great with kids and makes you feel so comfortable! I would recommend her to everyone I know!!! It doesn’t get any better than having someone who genuinely cares about what they do and doing whatever she can to make your life better!!

Delaney

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